Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is commonly found in hard, clear plastic bottles and in the lining of cans used for canned food. BPA is an endocrine disrupting chemical that mimics estrogen in the body. It is associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome. And now a new study has looked at the immediate effect of consuming BPA on your heart. . . .

This randomized study compared the effect of drinking from a can with that of drinking from a glass bottle on sixty people over the age of sixty. The important difference between the two is that the can, but not the glass bottle, would contain BPA. 

Two hours after drinking the beverage, urinary BPA concentration went up by over 1600% in the canned beverage group compared to the group who drank the same beverage from a bottle. And, importantly, blood pressure went up significantly after drinking two beverages from a can compared to the group who drank them from a bottle. 

This study shows that drinking from a can increases the amount of BPA in your body and that that increase acutely increases blood pressure (Hypertension 2015;65:313-9).

Recent research has suggested that the herb ginseng could help protect against BPA. Researchers gave 22 women suffering from PMS either 2.7 grams of Korean red ginseng or a placebo for two weeks. They found that the ginseng significantly reduced urinary BPA, suggesting that ginseng can protect against BPA  (BMC Complement Altern Med 2014;14:265).


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